Betsy is a big advocate for women supporting other women in business. “No matter what industry you’re in, no matter what business you’re trying to start, we need to support each other,” she says. “We’re not in competition with one another.”
That’s because she’s well aware of that women often suffer from imposter syndrome. Betsy included.
“I felt like it’s just like this dark little shadow following me, like this little monster of doubt…And then it followed me into this speaking career,” she says.
“Like, am I the right person to handle this? It was just last year. I got hired to speak at this event. All doctors. I don’t have a PhD that follows my name. Now I am a human behavior expert, but as not PhD, right. So I was intimidated. And I just remember telling my husband just thinking, okay, doctors, they’re going to be judging me the minute I get on stage.”
Her husband was quick to remind her of her mission though. He told her: “You are an expert. You have developed your expertise as a speaker. So you go out there and you share with them what they need to learn that they don’t know yet. That’s your job. You’re not job is not to impress them as a PhD.”
After the event, Betsy received such great feedback too. “I had people coming up to me and saying [you’re] one of the best speakers we’ve ever had at this event. And I thought, ah, that’s amazing when you’re not expecting it. I think if you always come from a place of service first and foremost, give them the knowledge, inspire them, motivate them a little bit and leave them with tangible, tactical strategies that they can use right away, you can come out of it going, I did my absolute best.”
“If you have imposter syndrome,” she says, “the best cure for doubt is to get out there and just do it over and over and over and over and over and over until your confidence builds. Just put one foot in front of the other and just keep going.”